The production-consumption system, which currently dominates the world due to its linear nature, leads to a loss of resources at every stage: from the acquisition of materials, production and distribution to consumption. The losses generated vary from one sector to another, but they accompany virtually the entire economy. The response to this state of affairs - which is particularly acute given the current state of our planet - is an attempt to reform the system by introducing changes to it, i.e. by "rounding off" the cycle and moving towards a closed-circuit economy (CFC). This is a concept in which manufactured products and raw materials should remain in the economy as long as possible and the generation of waste should be minimised as much as possible. In a closed loop economy, it is important that waste - if it is generated at any stage - is used as secondary raw material for other branches of production. The aim is to achieve rational use of resources and reduce the negative impact of production and consumption on the environment.
Projects implemented to implement GOZ are often large-scale and related to industrial plants, construction and infrastructure. In Poland, the ministry responsible for promoting and implementing large-scale solutions in this field is the Ministry of Development. However, we believe that the change towards GOZ can also be implemented with the support of the third sector and individuals - ready to act in their own environment. This is why we decided to implement the two-year project "Join CIRCLe with Erasmus+", which aims to help include young people as key players in the change towards a green economy.
The project was launched in Spain and includes partnership visits, peer learning and the preparation of an e-guide on the implementation of GOZ education solutions.
To share best practices used by our organisations, the Medeina Foundation and Permacultura Cantabria and by other local initiatives. This is to highlight how our regions and countries are developing: what is the biggest problem for the development of this sector, who are the main actors and decision makers, what concrete examples of solutions are being used.
For the implementation of this objective, three study visits (staff training) will take place:
- January 2020 - visit to Poland (Sosnowiec-Katowice-Krakow)
- July 2020 - visit to Spain (postponed to autumn due to coronavirus outbreak);
- September/October 2020 - visit to Spain - training for educators
Develop new methods and tools for working with young people so that they can create initiatives according to the logic of zero waste and GOZ.
Development of an e-book in English, Polish and Spanish on teaching methods, combining knowledge of non-formal education, environmental education and entrepreneurship education. Divided into modules, the publication will be a practical guide for educators and can be used in school (formal education) and out-of-school (non-formal/informal education) contexts.
To empower and motivate youth workers so that they are ready to implement these methods and tools in their initiatives.
Training in Spain by Permaculture Cantabria educators and educators and presentation of the manual.
Organisation of an internal workshop by the participants of the training in Spain to present the method.
Organising a conference to conclude the project in Poland and Spain: presentation of the handbook, a series of lectures and presentations on the issue of the circular economy and education about GOZ.
Dissemination campaign in social media and through meetings with other initiatives, lobbying in local government, newsletter.
Above all, the project aims to have a positive impact on its participants and the local communities in which our organisations operate. Through participation in the project, young people and educators will
- will become familiar with the concept of GOZ and related ones: zero waste, sharing economy, sustainable development;
- will be able to identify good practices and initiatives in this field around them;
- will be able to design activities, including business activities, taking into account the assumptions of GOZ;
- learn about the international dimension of the struggle for sustainable development
- learn about national and EU efforts to coordinate and promote GOZ initiatives;
- demonstrate an entrepreneurial attitude: including business, design and pro-environmental;
- increase their knowledge of the role of the third sector and activists/activists in the struggle for a green economy;
- gain knowledge on how to take collective action;
- They will learn informal education methods in environmental and economic learning and will be able to complement the knowledge they already have;
The project activities will also have a positive impact on the local community in which the participants of our activities will operate. A separate activity is the organisation of a dissemination campaign to reach the Facebook community.
Our organisations will also benefit from the implementation of the project: Medeina Foundation and Permacultura Cantabria. The exchange of good practices will influence the level of our activities and internationalise the scope of action.
The results of the project are based on the synergy effect: we believe that the direct and indirect beneficiaries of the project will benefit. Given the broad scope of the goal of green economic transformation - the project also complements actions coordinated at national and international level by private and public actors.
Project duration: May 2019 - April 2021
The project number 2018-3-PL01-KA2015-061049 is a strategic partnership co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme, which we implement together with the Spanish organisation Permacultura Cantabria.
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We are circling in Sosnowiec!
The first staff training within the "Join CIRCe with Erasmus+" project took place between 20-24 January. Our guests, sent by our partner from Permacultura Cantabria, for five days had the opportunity to look at the innovations and methods practised in the Medeina Foundation, as well as to meet our partners and the local community of activists and entrepreneurs working for a closed loop economy, zero waste, local economy and against passivity in the face of climate catastrophe.
During the meeting we had the opportunity to discuss how our organisations, but also organisations implementing mobility-based projects in general, can neutralise the impact of travel and take into account the carbon footprint of projects. During the workshops and group work, we developed a short set of principles that should be followed by NGOs during projects.
The visit of our partners took place at our organisation, but also in friendly places in Sosnowiec, Katowice and Krakow. The programme was diverse and adapted to the multidimensionality and necessity of joint action of many sectors for environmental protection. We visited informal neighbourhood initiatives as well as nationwide NGOs working for consumer awareness, reduction of consumption and waste (#BEZ, Buy Responsibly, Free Tea Association). During the meeting, we talked about the ideas of the sharing economy, providing information on how Eatsharing (Foodsharing Poland) works, new applications (Too good to go). We also visited companies - both local (UPstore) and international (Nordic House), which in their activities use the zero waste philosophy and intelligent solutions for waste reduction.
The next project meetings will take place in Spain.
Watch the video after the meeting and write to us if you want to get involved!
What is sustainable development? What is the Framework for Strategic Sustainability? And finally - what can we do to effectively transform ourselves into a sustainable society?
These and other questions are attempted to be answered by the authors of the book 'Planning for Sustainable Development. A Beginner's Guide', prepared by the Medeina Foundation in collaboration with the Spanish Permacultura Cantrabria as part of the 'Join the Circle' project.
Click on the button below and read the publication. The Polish translation of the book will be available soon.